A USB flash drive or an external hard drive is mounted automatically whenever it is connected to Windows USB port. If auto play option is enabled to our Windows PC, we can explore the files directly; otherwise we browse manually to external drive to continue any file operations. There are two possible ways to disconnect a physical external drive from computer. Either, after successful completion of necessary file operations we pull out external hard disk directly, or there is another safe and convenient option to un-mount the flash drive. Yes, I am talking about ‘Eject Media‘ option or ‘Safely Remove Hardware‘ Option. It is considered a safe practice to use Safely Remove Hardware option always in Windows. This safe practice prevents any opened file from being corrupted. This process ensures that there is no open or incomplete running operation. Sometimes Windows shows a pop-up message to indicate that there is something wrong with the external media and you should allow Windows to Scan and Fix it.
Safely removal of external media does not mean that you have completely disconnected external flash drive or media from your pc. Only after the drive is physically unplugged, you may call it complete removal. But what will you do if you think to use the media once again just after the Safely Removal procedure? There is of course a simple solution for it. Just completely unplug the USB drive, wait for a while and re-insert it again, then it will function well as usual. But what will you do when you have to control a remote PC and you accidentally unplug the external media connected to that PC? And there is no operator rightly available there who can re-insert the USB for you to that remote PC?
Unfortunately, Windows users do not get any direct option to remount ejected USB drive without reinserting. Though with the help of few third-party Windows utility one can remount the physical drive once again. But fortunately, somehow there is a manual procedure for Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 users if one ever feels the necessity to remount the USB drive.
Remount Ejected or Safely Removed USB Media in Windows 10
Without relying on third-party software we can remount removed USB media. When you have ejected or safely removed an external media, the previously connected USB device icon will display a yellow alert icon followed by a message in Device Manager –
“Windows cannot use this hardware device because it has been prepared for “safe removal”, but it has not been removed from the computer. (Code 47)
To fix this problem, unplug this device from your computer and then plug it in again.”
To fix the problem in Windows 10, 8 or in 8.1 just follow the procedure.
- Press Windows + Pause Break option together. It opens system window.
- At the left pane you find ‘Device Manager’ option.
- Click ‘Device Manager’ to open Device Manager Window where you find a complete list of connected hardware info for your PC.
- You will definitely find a Yellow marked option there.
- Right click on it and select ‘Disable’ option from the right-click context menu.
- You will be prompted for an action. Click Yes.
- Then right click on it and select ‘Enable’ option.
- When you will be prompted for restarting the PC, select ‘No’.
- Repeat the same process once again. But mind that never press ‘Yes’ option while you are asked for restarting the PC at the time of the above Windows operation.
- Magically Windows 10 can successfully remount the previously ejected drive after continuing the process Disable and Enable process twice.
That’s all. The external USB media will be connected to your PC like a charm. This is a great finding and preferred operation rather than reinserting the module. However, Microsoft should offer a direct remounting option as like as Eject option.
Unfortunately, Windows 7 doesn’t support the above mentioned method to remount external USB media drive, but it nicely works for Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.